Dystopias

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters--or Freaks--who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight--guided by Fade's long-ago memories--in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. First in a series.

Feed by MT Anderson
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and to play around with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who knows something about what it's like to live without the feed-and about resisting its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Nailer lives on a future Gulf Coast beach where oil is scarce and melting ice caps have submerged coastal cities.  His father is an unreliable alcoholic so Nailer must earn a living by scavenging grounded oil tankers for copper wiring and scrap metal. After a hurricane sweeps the coastal region, Nailer and his crewmate, Pima, discover a beached but luxurious clipper ship as well as the ship’s lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl called Nita. Is Nita the key to a better life for them? Read the companion novel: Drowned Cities.

Ashes by Ilsa Bick
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, and wiping out every computerized system. Not to mention that the EMP also kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Candor by Pam Bachorz
In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause. But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant--perfect--through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar' s built a business sabotaging his father's scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they're turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks? Then he meets Nia, the girl he can't stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever; however, keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home and, when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life. 

Matched by Ally Condie
The Society controls every aspect of its citizens' lives. Their food is delievered at set times. All but 100 songs, poems, and historical moments have been purged. Through matching, the Society even selects a person's mate. Somehow, though, Cassia sees not one face but two when she is matched. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices, between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path no one else has ever dared follow, between perfection and passion. First in the Matched Trilogy.

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
When Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave and no one can come back. Those still healthy must fight for the island's dwindling supplies or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest. First in a Series.


After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
The oceans stopped working before Willo was born so the world of ice and snow is all he's ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government's controlling grasp. But, suddenly, Willo's survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family missing. It could be the government; it could be scavengers - all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and find his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he's always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade---a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up---the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind. First in the Maze Runner Trilogy.

Wither. The Chemical Garden Trilogy: Book 1 by Lauren DeStefano
At age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to be twenty and males live to age twenty-five. While geneticists seek a miracle antidote, orphans roam the streets, polygamy abounds and girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world. After Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she is desperate to escape from her husband's strange world, which includes a sinister father-in-law in search of the antidote and a slew of sister wives who are not to be trusted. On the cusp of her seventeenth birthday, Rhine attempts to flee--but what she finds is a society spiraling into anarchy. First in the Chemical Garden Trilogy.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Matteo Alcrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium--a strip of poppy fields lying between the USA and Mexico. Matt's first cell split and multiplied inside a petri dish and then he was placed in the womb of a cow where he completed his journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by El Patrón's power-hungry family and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is Matt's only chance for survival but escape is no guarantee of freedom because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and a vast wilderness. Finn, a prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners actually believe that there is an Outside which makes escape seem impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside--she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Also read the sequel, Sapphique.

Gone by Michael Grant
The community of Perdido Beach was cut off from the rest of the world at the same moment that all the adults disappeared. Food, fuel, and fresh water are running low. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents--unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers--that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world and time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else... First in the Gone Series.

The Line by Teri Hall
Rachel has lived her entire life on the Property, far away from cities with their random taxes and Enforcement Officers. After her father dies, she moves in with old Ms. Moore right next to the Line, the invisible, uncrossable physical barrier between the Unified States and Away. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon but now one of the Others who live beyond the Line needs Rachel's help. First in a series.

Harmony by Project Itoh
The older generation has remade society by replacing nation-states with smaller "admedistrations" that use nanotech "medicules" and societal pressure to ensure that each person is as healthy as possible. Inspector Tuan, who once fought the system, discovers that there may be something even more repugnant than a world of perfectly healthy people.

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
Things are bleak in New York City ever since the explosion that destroyed Con Edison and the two-week aftermath of darkness, rioting, looting, and murder. Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this new reality: Mal in the city, part of the foster care system; Laura in the suburbs, loved and protected. On the same day Mal learns his estranged brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have inexplicably forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same terrifying truth: someone or something has wiped the two teenagers from the memories of every single person they have ever known.

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. First in The Giver Quartet.
Legend by Marie Lu
The western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the highest military circles. Born into the slums, Day is the country's most wanted criminal but his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths--until the day June's brother is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for survival, while June seeks revenge. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. First in a series.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Alex is home alone when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. Now Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister. Along the way, he struggles with a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait--to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. Prentisstown has been lying to him. Now he's going to have to run... First in the Chaos Walking Series.


Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
In a future world baked dry by the sun, people are divided into those who live inside the walls and those who live outside it. In the Enclave, your scars set you apart and the newly born will change the future. Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia's mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. First in a series.

1984 by George Orwell
 A masterpiece of rebellion and imprisonment, where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and Big Brother is watching... The story of one man's nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale. More relevant than ever before, 1984 exposes the worst crimes imaginable-the destruction of truth, freedom, and individuality.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
In 17-year-old Lena's America, science has conquered the most pernicious disease of all--love. Also gone are laughter, dancing and the appreciation of beauty. Lena is looking forward to being cured of her troublesome feelings until she meets a boy with golden eyes and hair the color of autumn. First in the Delirium Series.

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order. Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb--nearly the only person she's ever known--to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. First in a Series.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Each year, all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is; she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are. But Tris also has a secret that she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves... First in the Divergent Series.


A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep but this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone -- and her future full of peril. Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone and Rose-- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire-- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes -- or be left without any future at all.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them. Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs and Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away. First in the Unwind Trilogy.

Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Nora is about to experience her first visit to TFC (Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic). Her parents are insisting she go after witnessing a horrible terrorist attack. Not everyone trusts the TFC though. When Nora meets Micah and Winter, she is thrust into a world of mystery and rebellion. Soon, the graphic novel, "Memento," based on their sad and frightening memories, becomes a hit. Copies are spread into different cities. Will they be able to keep their identities a secret? Will they be able to stay ahead of the people in the black vans? Will they be able to keep their memories?

The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer
There are forty-two people left on earth. Forty-one of them live in a small village named Xibalba, surviving on the remnants of a society that once was. Martin Maple is the only other survivor. When he finds Xibalba, he must face an awful truth. He was forgotten. When families and friends all disappeared one afternoon, these forty-two were the only ones left behind. There's Darla, who drives a monster truck, Felix, who uses string and wood to rebuild the Internet, Lane, who crafts elaborate contraptions, and others, each equally brilliant and peculiar. Inspired by the prophesies of a mysterious boy who talks to animals, Martin believes he can reunite them with their loved ones. Together, they set out to build a machine. The hope is, the machine will lead them to the people who left. The truth is, it will do something different…

Empty by Suzanne Weyn
In Sage Valley, NY gas is 40 dollars a gallon and rising. Food and medicine are scarce; the economy is a shambles; electricity can't be counted on, and a super hurricane is headed up the East Coast.  Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be. Nobody expected the end to come this fast and decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - there are also sacrifices that need to be made and a whole society that needs to be rethought. What will teens Gwen, Tom, and Carlos have to do to survive?

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. When a monster sandstorm arrives bearing four cloaked horsemen, her beloved twin brother Lugh is captured and Saba must get him back. Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent--and she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.